1997 Ford Mondeo LX 16v Zetec
Superb value for money
A leaking rear light cluster has been the only problem. I tried to fix it with silicone, but it still leaked. This is a design fault which Ford never owned up to.
I had to buy a new light cluster from Ford for £65 which was of a changed design type this proves that the original design was faulty.
The performance is OK for an 1800 with 115bhp. 0-60 is about 10.2 seconds with the top end around 123mph.
It is very refined the engine is only doing 2500rpm at 70mph which is superb.
The suspension is very hard and the car is not as comfortable when compared to a Ford Granada that I use to own.
The handling is very good although not as tight as my second car which is a Fiesta XR2i.
The dash looks superb and the car drives A1 it does not seem to use any oil it is essential that these cars are run on 5/30 oil anything else will cause issues. The oil should also be semi-synthetic.
I only paid £950 pounds for the car! Yes for a 6 year old Mondeo £950! The vehicle also has a full Ford history. A great car that is better built than most of the older Fords, although the body should be galvanised a shame that Ford cut corners in that respect.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th October, 2003
17th Oct 2003, 15:42
Hi I too Had a 1997 Ford Mondeo 1.8L estate they are refined it would do 90 Mph at about 4100 Rpm. and 70 at about 3000 RPM I paid 7,000 pounds back in 1998 for it with 28,000 miles on the clock great car too could do 118 mph.
12th Dec 2003, 09:36
A mate of mine has got an R reg mondeo 1800 and I have seen 130mph out of it.
30th May 2004, 15:45
I can't believe the 1.8 only does 2500RPM at 70mph, I have a mondeo 2.5 V6 and it still does 3000RPM at 70mph, and about 4000 at 100mph.
13th Jul 2004, 03:11
It is true, the 1800 16v Zetec has very high gearing I've owned two a 1994 and 1998 and they will happily run at 2500-2700rpm on a level motorway.